|Op. System:||Mac OS X|
|File size:||22 KB|
Publisher description for Convmv
convmv is meant to help convert a single filename, a directory tree and the contained files or a whole FileSystem into a different encoding. It just converts the FileNames, not the content of the files. A special feature of convmv is that it also takes care of symlinks, also converts the symlink target pointer in case the symlink target is being converted, too. All this comes in very handy when one wants to switch over from old 8-bit locales to UTF-8 locales. It is also possible to convert directories to UTF-8 which are already partly UTF-8 encoded. convmv is able to Detect if certain files are UTF-8 encoded and will skip them by Default. To turn this smartness off use the --nosmart switch. An interoperability issue that comes with UTF-8 locales is this: Linux and (most?) other Unix-like operating systems use the so called normalization form C (NFC) for its UTF-8 encoding by default but do not enforce this. Darwin, the base of the Macintosh OS enforces normalization form D (NFD), where a few characters are encoded in a different way. On OS X it's not possible to create NFC UTF-8 filenames because this is prevented at filesystem Layer. Anywhere else convmv is able to convert files from NFC to NFD or vice versa which makes interoperability with such systems a lot easier.